Bucks get 18 3-pointers, Bell's first triple-double in win

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Charlie Bell says Bucks coach Terry Stotts didn't know much about him at the start of the season.

But Milwaukee didn't give up on Bell like Phoenix did, and Tuesday night he showed the Suns that the Bucks could match their fast-paced style.

Bell, who played his first five NBA games with the Suns in 2001, had career highs of 19 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds for his first career triple-double, and the Bucks hit a franchise-record 18 3-pointers in a 132-110 victory.

"I talked to coach at the beginning of the season, he was telling me when he seen my name that he didn't know much about me and thought I was going to be a good practice player," said Bell, who started his third straight game for injured T.J. Ford. "I've come a long way."

Michael Redd had 16 of his 28 points in the third quarter, when the Bucks scored 46 points in a blistering 3-point assault, hitting 11-of-13 from behind the arc -- an NBA record for made
3-pointers in any quarter, according to the Elias Sports Bureau..

The Bucks also scored 50 points in the paint, forcing the Suns to double-team down low and leave shooters open in the third quarter.

"If they're going to tell me that they're going to make 11 out of 13, we probably wouldn't double," Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said. "They don't say that when they're doing it. But they were getting layups otherwise. ... It seemed like we had to double. Obviously, it didn't work."

Milwaukee finished 18-of-32 from 3-point range and set season marks for points, points in a half (74), points in a quarter, field goal percentage (60.5 percent) and assists (36).

Early in the fourth quarter, Bobby Simmons hit a 3, followed by a dunk, a layup and a dunk by Dan Gadzuric off feeds from Toni Kukoc on three straight possessions as the Bucks built a 115-96 lead. Milwaukee never let Phoenix get close again and led by as many as 24.

Bell, who had a triple-double at Michigan State to join Magic Johnson as the only players in school history to accomplish the feat, had the type of night most expected from reigning MVP Steve Nash.

"Obviously, you didn't think he was going to make all his 3s like he did tonight," Nash said. "I know he can shoot them, but you don't plan on him making five of them."

Nash scored 23 points after his first scoreless performance since joining the Suns in a 110-72 loss against New Jersey the night before.

The Suns regained their scoring touch but couldn't slow the Bucks' sudden offensive juggernaut.

"We got 110 points," D'Antoni said. "That's enough for any game."

With Amare Stoudemire returning to the Suns' bench with knee pain after a sluggish night Monday, the Bucks went with a bigger lineup and began taking over in the second half.

"It gives us the opportunity to play like a Phoenix Suns where we spread the court," Bell said of the low-post play. "It's hard because we've got so many great shooters out there and we're making shots."

Tied at 80, Milwaukee hit five consecutive 3s to start a 17-3 run that made it 97-83 midway through the third.

After D'Antoni called a timeout, he disputed a foul call and a technical was assessed, but it didn't spark the Suns, who trailed 104-88 going into the fourth quarter.

Kukoc had a season-high 17 points after playing sparingly before last week's road trip. Gadzuric also scored 17.

"I don't see anybody but Dan. I just throw the ball and he just gets it," Kukoc joked. "He just reads me very well and I know where to find him, where he's going to be, and it works."

Simmons and Mo Williams each had 15 points for the Bucks, and Andrew Bogut added 14.

Nash hit his first seven shots and got an extended rest early in the game with Phoenix in a stretch of five road games in six days.

Meanwhile, Eddie House came off the bench and hit his first five shots and scored 13 points in 7 minutes. He finished with 19.

But the Suns couldn't maintain their offensive pace, and the Bucks threw all sorts of defensive looks at the Suns. Out of one timeout, Milwaukee flashed a 2-3 zone look, and on a possession moments later, the 7-foot Bogut guarded the 6-3 Nash on the perimeter with the Bucks switching on every screen.

"We're kind of broken right now," D'Antoni said. "We'll lick our wounds and come at it next time."

Game notes
The previous record for 3-pointers in a quarter was 10, set by Boston against Atlanta on Nov. 17, 2001. ... Ford missed his third consecutive game with a strain in his left quad. ... Williams came off the bench for the first time since missing five games with an ankle sprain. ... Phoenix fell to 5-2 in the second half of road games on back-to-back nights. ... Stoudemire sat on the bench, and looked in good spirits. He didn't talk to reporters before the game but smiled and chatted with teammates during breaks after missing his 67th game this season rehabilitating from left knee surgery.


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